Last year, Public Eye filed freedom of information requests for notes taken during international trips by Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Rich Neufeld and then minister of state for mining Bill Bennett. Those notes revealed the government's apparent support for a controversial plan to staff a proposed underground coal mine in northeastern British Columbia with workers from China. And they also uncovered an offer by Exxon-Mobil Corp. to help the Campbell administration lift the federal moratorium on offshore oil and gas development. But it seems the government is no longer keeping such documents.
On December 12, filed similar requests for notes taken during Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger's recent 2007 Asia Pacific Investment Mission and Minister Neufeld's two-week trade mission to Rome, Sweden, Norway and Germany. And guess what? According to responses received on February 26, none were taken. Boy, government sure must have a good memory.